Keep a Food Diary

The first thing to do if you suspect you have an allergy or intolerance is to keep a food diary for a couple of weeks. Keep a note of everything you eat and drink and a list of your symptoms for at least 2 weeks; at the end of this time review your diary to see if you can identify foods which seem to trigger a problem or any patterns of behaviour relating to your symptoms. Cutting out an important food group such as dairy or following a very restrictive diet can lead to nutritional deficiencies and increase the risk of health problems like osteoporosis later in life, so it's really important to seek the advice of a registered dietitian before embarking on any sort of restricted diet. Need inspiration - click here to have a look at our 7 day meal planners.

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